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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2001-07-08 17:36:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Suggestions?

> Ok I have four ferrets that have been together in a large cage since they
>were teeny, (the oldest is 2). Three get along with Smoke (toady) the new
>rescue we got several months ago. One does not and does not act like he will
>ever ever get along with Smoke. He tried to kill, actually kill him. Its to
>the point poor smoke will loose control of his bowels even if this ferret
>approaches him now.
> Ok so the problem. Well we are going to get a proper cage for Smoke. I
>was so hoping for him to have a cagemate. But I don't want to take one out
>of the group of four if it will you know be upsetting to them.

Rotate the cagemate.

> Scott wants
>to take turns having say one spend the night one night then another the next
>night. I don't think that would be good to do.

Well, actually, we did that with Ruffle when she was a kit. She got
along with Fritter and with Hjalmar but not with Meltdown, and after
F&H passed away she didn't along with any of them (but she had a lot
of problems). Rotation worked well for all of them.

> They need some structure.
>They currently all play together in shifts all day in their room and in our
>house. But the do spend a third of the day in cages.
> What are some suggestions? Also another factor in here is we have a new
>arrival, in hopes Smoke/Toady will accept her in time as he has three of the
>four. Do ferrets like to change cages? or no?

They tend to find it stimulating and intriguing.

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